Hima Das wins 5th international gold in 19 days


Indian sprint star Hima Das claimed her fifth gold medal of the month on Saturday after winning the women’s 400m race in the Nove Mesto nad Metuji Grand Prix hosted by the Czech Republic. Das has been on a winning spree in Europe and already had four gold medals under her belt before the top podium finish in the 400-metre event. Clocked at 52.09 seconds, Das recorded her season-best timing as she marked a successful return to the 400-metre race category.


Prior to her triumphant return in the 400m event, Das had competed in the 200m category where she managed to bag as many as four gold medals. For the 19-year-old this was her first appearance in women’s 400m dash after the Asian Championships held in Doha. Das was retired midway while competing in the 400-metre discipline at that time. Months later, she made an impressive comeback with her season-best performance on Saturday. “Finished 400m today on the top here in Czech Republic today,” Das tweeted.

The Indian sprint sensation dominated her pet 400m competition by improving her previous best of 52.88 seconds, which she recorded earlier in the season. With another top performance, Das has managed to claim 5 gold medals in 18 days of sprinting action in Europe. However, her clocked timing is a bit slower than her overall best of 50.79 seconds which she registred at the Jakarta Asian Games. The sprinter had earlier missed the bus for the World Championships.

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Hima sprinted to her first gold medal on July 2nd when she outperformed everyone in the 200m race at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland. The Indian sprinter was clocked 23.65 seconds to bag the first position on the podium. Hima doubled her gold tally with his second win in the same discipline at the Kutno Athletics Meet on July 7 in Poland. Hima had finished the race with a time of 23.97 seconds.